Hard disk option for MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AldusJ, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. AldusJ macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2011

    I am planning to get a MBP which will be used mostly for Aperture, Netflix streaming, XCode, and random surfing, email, etc.
    Should I go for space (750GB, 5400 rpm) or speed (500GB, 7200rpm)?
    Would the speed make a big difference for the applications I am considering?
    For what would it make a difference?

    Thank you!

    P.S. SSD option is too expensive for me at the moment, since I would need the 512GB one for sure (I am thinking about the photo library getting huge)
  2. bozz2006 macrumors 68030


    Aug 24, 2007
    Hard for us to say which one is better. Pretty much depends on how much space you need. Some people don't have much music, videos, and photos so they'd never need 750GB. If you do need that much space, I'd go with the 750. Having used a lot of different notebook HDDs, I don't see much difference between 5400RPM drives and 7200RPM drives. Not a real perceivable difference anyway.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  4. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    I have the Seagate momentus XT 500GB Hybrid and I really like it, however there are some folks who had a bad experience, but for me it works really well and I paid $119.

    It is 7200RPM, with 32 MB Cache 500 GB and has a 4 GB SSD Partition but the drive self manages that partition. Read the specs on Seagate's website if you are interested.

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